Wes Dodson returns for his 12th season on the Hampden-Sydney staff. Dodson will serve his 11th year of defensive coordinator in 2018 after serving his first year as the defensive secondary coach.
In his ten years as defensive coordinator, Dodson has produced eight All-Americans, 26 First Team All-ODAC slections, and three ODAC Defensive Players of the Year.
In 2015, Dodson coached a defense that led the ODAC in both scoring (23.5 ppg) and total defense (366.5 ypg). Dodson also produced six All-ODAC selections, including First Team picks Sidney Henry and Nick Martin.
In 2014, Dodson's defense finished in the top half of the ODAC statisically, allowing 389.6 yards-per-game. Dodson also produced five All-ODAC picks, including First Team selections Josh Doggett and John Moore.
In 2013, the Tiger defense led the ODAC in total defense, allowing 287.7 yards-per-game. The unit also led the league with 13 interceptions, and was second best in points allowed (19.2 ppg) and sacks (21). Dodson also coached seven All-ODAC honorees, including six First Team picks. He also coached his third ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Tyler Ikwild.
In 2012, the Tiger defense finished third in the ODAC in total defense, allowing 360.6 yards-per-game. The Tigers' defensive unit also finished third in the league in both rush defense (158.7 ypg) and pass defense (201.9 ypg). Dodson also coached five All-ODAC honorees, including First Team selections Kenny Fryman and Steven Fogleman.
In 2011, Dodson's speedy, athletic defensive unit led the ODAC in interceptions (20) and was second in turnovers gained (27) and rushing defense (130.8 rypg). The defense also held five opponents to under 20 points while allowing 27.3 points-per-game on the season. For the third consecutive year, Dodson produced a First Team All-American in cornerback Zach Morgan. Overall, Morgan became Dodson's seventh All-American selection.
In 2010, Dodson led a defense that was first in the ODAC in scoring defense (21.2 papg), red zone defense (71.1%) and pass defense efficieny (110.7) for the 9-2 Tigers. His defense was also second in the league in interceptions (13), sacks (22) and opponent's third-down conversions (36.1%), and third in total defense (343.5 yapg). Individually, Dodson produced his second consecutive ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Trevor Ikwild, who led the ODAC with 133 tackles. Ikwild, defensive end Will Riggenbach, and free safety Bill Doody were all also named All-Americans (d3football.com).
In 2009, Dodson's defense produced three All-Americans and the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Will Riggenbach. As a unit, the Tiger defense continued to show improvement from years past. Hampden-Sydney led the ODAC in both total defense allowing 314.5 yards-per-game and scoring defense allowing just 17.5 points-per-game and 13.8 in conference. The 314.5 ypg mark was over 30 yards better than in 2008. The Tigers were also tops in interceptions (19), sacks (32), redzone defense (53.8%), and opponent's third-down conversions (30.8%).
In 2008, Dodson took over defensive coordinator duties and the Tigers saw great improvement in their overall defense. Hampden-Sydney was third in the ODAC in total defense allowing 346.3 yards-per-game and second in rushing defense allowing 106.9 yards-per-game on the ground. The 346.3 ypg allowed was over 50 yards less than in 2007. The Tiger defense's 15 interceptions were also good for second in conference.
Dodson held five years of coaching experience before joining the Tiger coaching staff in 2007. He came to Hampden-Sydney following a two-year stint at William & Mary, where Dodson worked with safeties and special teams. As a member of the Tribe's defensive staff, Dodson's defense ranked fifth in Division I-AA with 19 interceptions on the season.
Dodson's coaching career began at his alma mater, Western Michigan University, where he was a member of the coaching staff from 2002-04. At WMU, Dodson was a graduate assistant tabbed with the responsibility of coaching the offensive line for two seasons and the secondary for one. In 2003, Dodson's offensive line contributed to WMU's eighth-ranked passing offense at 308.4 yards-per-game.
He received his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan in 2002, where he was a four-year letter winner for the Broncos at safety. In 2000, Dodson was an instrumental piece to the Western Michigan MAC-West Championship team, helping the Broncos to several high statistical rankings, including 13th in the nation in pass defense (178.0 ypg), ninth in total defense (283.3 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (11.6 ppg).
Dodson is a native of Nappanee, IN and currently resides in Farmville, VA with his wife Teresa, and their son Ben.